Initial pruning of Clematis
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Lat spring I bought 8 Clematis plants for our new garden and I read somewhere that in the first spring after palnting the stems should be cut down to 2 buds above the base of the plants. Apparently this encourages the plant to grow new stems from underground which would be a great advantage in the event of Clematis Wilt attack. I'm a bit reluctant to do this to the plants that flower on last year's growth as there will be no flowers this year.
Does anyone have a view on this - is it a good idea or not?
- 12 Oct, 2008